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Do babies have accents?

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German researchers say babies begin to pick up the nuances of their parents' accents while still in the womb.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, they say the babies are probably trying to form a bond with their mothers by imitating them.

Reporter Madeleine Morris compares the accents of babies from German and French backgrounds.

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